Karon Bishop
Assistant Professor of Education


Master of Education in Early Child Development (Non-Certification)

This program is designed to meet the growing need for Pre-K programs in private, religious, or federal sites. The State of Alabama First Class Pre-K Program (or Office of School Readiness) will be opening new sites and urging college students to consider this career field while earning a competitive salary. Federal Head Start programs now require lead teachers to have an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree, and the Master of Education in Early Child Development meets that requirement.

The Master of Education in Early Child Development is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited institution.  Students enrolled in this program will complete 30 credit hours of graduate work. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 will be required for all courses counted toward the major, with no more than 2 C’s in the program.

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 - Develop organizational and classroom management skills
- Gain project director and trainer skills
- Develop teaching and instructor skills


Private Pre-K Teacher
Early Intervention Service Provider
Early Head Start Teacher
In-Home Child Care Provider
“As nationally recognized First-Class Pre-K programs continue to grow across Alabama, there is a high demand for administrators and directors for our local programs. The Early Child Development program prepares professionals to serve in these positions and to teach in some non-public school settings.”

Karon Bishop
Program Contact, Master of Education in Early Child Development
Assistant Professor of Education

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